Bhutan Red Cross Society Bill 2016 will be deliberated in next winter session
The chairperson of the legislative committee, MP Ritu Raj Chhetri introduced the Bhutan Red Cross Society Bill 2016 for first and second reading to the National Assembly last Monday.
He said that the bill is a historical bill which is a Private Member’s Bill introduced in the National Council by the eminent member Tashi Wangmo and accord- ingly sent to National Assembly. He informed the House that the Bill is mainly aimed at building a safer, resilient and harmonious society and also to prevent and alleviate human sufferings in times of disasters/ natural calamities.
While all the members were in support of the bill, some members raised their concerns on the procedure with respect to failure to table all the documents prescribed in the Rules of Procedure. Members also inquired if the bill was in consistence with the existing relevant laws of disaster management and civil society.
However, most of the members including the Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs, the Minister for Health and the Member of KharYurung Constituency said that the bill is clear with its aims and objectives which don’t require further documentation support.
They added that this bill will only complement and supplement the existing Laws on disaster in addressing all sorts of disasters that are beyond our government’s capacity to deal with. It was also highlighted that the Red Cross Society will work in collaboration with the existing agencies of disaster management and rescue teams.
The chairperson of the committee in his motion for second reading on the bill submitted that he is hopeful to pass the bill with support from all the Members at the earliest possible keeping in mind the benefits it would bring about in times of natural disasters. He informed that it is the largest humanitarian aids which have 190 countries as its members.
The House after extensive deliberation referred the bill to the legislative committee for review and will be tabled in the winter session for the third reading.